NMB – release video for “Do It All Again” the first single from the upcoming album ‘Innocence & Danger’ Pre-order starts today Tour Dates revealed for US and Europe
NMB recently announced their much-anticipated fourth studio album ‘Innocence & Danger’, to be released on August 27th, 2021. Today, the band are sharing the first single and video from the album for the opening track “Do It All Again.”
Watch the video for “Do It All Again,” created by Christian Rios, here
Mike Portnoy says this about the track, “This was the first song we wrote when we reconvened for the sessions for this album. It rooted from an idea Bill Hubauer brought in and we built off it from there. Like most NMB songs, I love the sharing of lead vocals…Neal Morse on the verses, Bill on the B section and an amazingly catchy 3-part harmony chorus with Eric Gillette taking the lead.”
‘Innocence & Danger’, featuring artwork by Thomas Ewerhard (Transatlantic), will be available as: • Limited 2CD+DVD Digipak (featuring a Making Of documentary) • 3LP+2CD Boxset • Standard 2CD Jewelcase • Digital Album
*** With NMB’s previous two releases being concept albums, it’s perhaps remarkable that Innocence & Danger is a series of unrelated songs, but drummer Mike Portnoy says “After two sprawling back to back double concept albums in a row, it was refreshing to get back to writing a collection of unrelated individual songs in the vein of our first album.”
Indeed, making this album came easy to the band; while the initial inspiration came particularly from Bill Hubauer (keyboards) and Randy George (bass), the ideas flowed from everybody from there on, as George recalls: “I am excited about the level of collaboration that we achieved on this one. We even went in with a lot of ideas that weren’t necessarily developed, and I think in the end we have something that represents the best of everybody in the band.”
In fact – like its two acclaimed predecessors – Innocence & Danger is a double album by inspiration, rather than design, as Portnoy explains: “As much as we wanted to try and keep it to a single album after having just done two double albums, we wrote so much material that we found ourselves with our third double album in a row! That’s pretty prog!”
There is also plenty in Innocence & Danger to excite those prog fans who have a thirst for epics, as Neal Morse explains: “There’s one half hour epic and another that’s about 20 minutes long. I really didn’t realize that they were that long when we were recording them, which I guess is great because if a movie is really good, you don’t realize that it’s three hours long! But there are also some shorter songs: some have poppier elements, some are heavier and some have three part acoustic sections. I’m excited about all of it, really.”
NMB (Neal Morse Band) is Neal Morse (vocals, keyboards and guitars) Mike Portnoy (drums, vocals) Randy George (bass) Eric Gillette (guitars, vocals) Bill Hubauer (keyboards, vocals)
Neal Morse, Mike Portnoy, Randy George, Bill Hubauer & Eric Gillette, released their latest album ‘The Great Adventure’ at the beginning of 2019. This was the follow-up to their acclaimed 2016 concept album ‘The Similitude Of A Dream’, and shortly after the band embarked on a European headline tour. ‘The Great Adventour – Live in BRNO 2019’ documents these shows, which saw them performing the album in full, and closing with the renowned ‘The Great Medley’– featuring tracks from across Neal’s solo career and each Neal Morse Band album.
As Randy George explains: “After the Similitude tour, expectations were really high, and we had more people coming to these shows than ever before. People were really excited to see it, so we had to make sure that we delivered.”
Performing ‘The Great Adventure’ flawlessly and in its entirety 47 times in 2019, Neal Morse (vocals, keyboards and guitars), Mike Portnoy (drums, vocals and audience cheerleading), Randy George (bass), Bill Hubauer (keyboards and vocals) and Eric Gillette (guitars and vocals) brought audiences to their feet night after exhilarating night: “The tour delivered every night. We never got tired of playing it, and it always paid off”, says George.
One of the countries was the Czech Republic, and it was there in Brno that the band chose to film THE GREAT ADVENTOUR 2019 – LIVE IN BRNO, the definitive record of the tour, as George explains: “This was our first time playing in the Czech Republic and this venue had a different look and vibe: the audience also turned out to be very energetic. They loved it!”
THE GREAT ADVENTOUR 2019 – LIVE IN BRNO shows The Neal Morse Band at the very height of their powers: extraordinary, passionate, intense and intricate rock music played to perfection by five masters of their craft, backed by dramatic video illustrations by Christian Rios.
Available as a 2CD + 2Blu-Ray Digipak, the set also features two tour documentaries from both the US & European runs, as well as the official music videos for the singles taken from ‘The Great Adventure’.
When The Neal Morse Band released they’re acclaimed The Similitude Of A Dream album – a progressive rock retelling of John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress) back in 2016, it began a journey of epic proportions, starting with a 51 date world tour.
2019 saw the band release a companion piece entitled The Great Adventure, continuing the story from the point of view of the Pilgrim’s son, Joseph, and earning yet more lavish praise from critics and fans alike.
And then, once again, The Neal Morse Band did what they do best, taking The Great Adventure out on the road, performing 47 shows in North America in Europe in what was billed – of course – as The Great AdvenTOUR.
And so, as bassist Randy George explains, The Great Adventour became one of the most hotly- anticipated progressive rock shows of the year: “After the Similitude tour, expectations were really high, and we had more people coming to these shows than ever before. People were really excited to see it, so we had to make sure that we delivered.”
And delivered they did: performing The Great Adventure flawlessly and in its entirety, Neal Morse (vocals, keyboards, and guitars), Mike Portnoy (drums, vocals, and audience cheerleading), Randy George (bass), Bill Hubauer (keyboards and vocals) and Eric Gillette (guitars and vocals) brought audiences to their feet in 13 countries night after exhilarating night: “The tour delivered every night. We never got tired of playing it, and it always paid off”, says George.
One of those countries was the Czech Republic, and it was there in Brno that the band chose to film THE GREAT ADVENTOUR 2019 – LIVE IN BRNO, the definitive record of the tour, as George explains: “This was our first time playing in the Czech Republic and this venue had a different look and vibe: the audience also turned out to be very energetic. They loved it!”
THE GREAT ADVENTOUR 2019 – LIVE IN BRNO shows The Neal Morse Band at the very height of their powers: extraordinary, passionate, intense and intricate rock music played to perfection by five masters of their craft, backed by dramatic video illustrations by Christian Rios to create “a stunning blend of top-notch songwriting and arrangements, mesmerizing visuals and endearing humility” (Prog Magazine).
Released worldwide by Inside Out Music on March 6th, 2020, THE GREAT ADVENTOUR 2019 – LIVE IN BRNO is edited by Randy George, who provides a unique perspective on capturing this extraordinary show: “I edit according to what’s going on in the music, which makes for a different look to many rock performance videos.”The Great Adventour – Live in BRNO 2019Released worldwide by Inside Out Music on March 6th, 2020, THE GREAT ADVENTOUR 2019 – LIVE IN BRNO is edited by Randy George, who provides a unique perspective on capturing this extraordinary show: “I edit according to what’s going on in the music, which makes for a different look to many rock performance videos.”
As well as presenting The Great Adventure performed in its entirety, THE GREAT ADVENTOUR 2019 – LIVE IN BRNO also includes the now-famous encore, which featured songs from every Neal Morse and The Neal Morse Band album. Available as a 2BluRay + 2CD set, the first disc contains the show and the encore, while the second features exclusive bonus material, including two documentaries that intimately track the US and European legs of the tour, as well as four official videos from the album release.
1. Overture (12.49) 2. The Dream Isn’t Over (02:50) 3. Welcome to the World 2019 (05:09) 4. A Momentary Change (04:01) 5. Dark Melody (03:21) 6. I Got To Run (06:17) 7. To The River (06:54) 8. The Great Adventure (06:21) 9. Venture In Black (05:26) 10. Hey Ho Let’s Go (03:29) 11. Beyond The Borders (03:14) 12. Overture 2 (03:46) 13. Long Ago (03:37) 14. The Dream Continues (01:40) 15. Fighting With Destiny (05:21) 16. Vanity Fair (05:44) 17. Welcome To The World (04:01) 18. The Element Of Fear (02:47) 19. Child Of Wonder (02:40) 20. The Great Despair (06:22) 21. Freedom Calling (07:52) 22. A Love That Never Dies (09:25) 23. The Great Medley (Encore) (27:39
Bonus Material 1. The Great Adventour USA Edition (Tour Documentary) 2. The Great Adventour Europe Edition (Tour Documentary 3. I Got To Run (Official Video) 4. The Great Adventure (Official Video) 5. Welcome To The World (Official Video) 6. The Great Despair (Official Video)
The Great Adventure (2019) Morsefest 2017: Testimony of a Dream (2018) The Similitude of a Dream: Live in Tilburg 2017 (2018) The Similitude Of A Dream (2016) Alive Again (2016) The Grand Experiment (2015)
Neal Morse: Vocals, Guitar and Keyboards Mike Portnoy: Drums Randy George: Bass Eric Gillette: Guitar and Vocals
To get your free audio download of “Vanity Fair,” first pre-orderThe Neal Morse Band – The Great Adventure and then CLICK HERE(You will purchase the audio download for $0.00 and then follow the download instructions in the return email you receive from Radiant Records. Only those who have pre-ordered “The Great Adventure” will be able to download the singles.)
Nth Ascension the northwest English Progressive Rockers have looked across the pond for the mixing of their third album. American Progressive Rock multi-instrumentalist Eric Gillette a newcomer with an impressive start. From his beginnings in 2010 with The Swon Brothers (who would later appear on The Voice), as a guitarist and backing vocalist; to working with Neal Morse in 2012 and finally joining The Neal Morse Band as lead guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter in 2015.
Craig Walker (drums) noticed Eric Gillette’s contributions on The Grand Experiment, The Neal Morse Band’s 2015 release and became an instant fan; seeking out Eric’s solo material soon after.
As the writing of the new Nth Ascension album wound down and the time to enter the studio neared, the band would learn that the mixing engineer and studio (Mat Arnold, Hilltown Studios) of their 2016 release, In Fine Initium wasn’t available for the upcoming album.
Craig had been so impressed with Eric’s work and was aware that he was a mixing engineer in addition to his musical endeavors. Eric had made it known in social media that he was taking on a limited number of projects this fall between his other commitments. Craig contacted Eric to see if he would be interested in providing the mix engineering for Nth’s new project, and the response was positive. Craig then approached his bandmates and they unanimously agreed this was the direction the band would like to pursue their 2019 release.
The new album was completely produced and engineered by the band and is … unmistakably Nth Ascension. This third offering is filled with the signature full rich cinematic soundscapes you have come to expect of them; encompassing dark and light expressed in powerful vocal and lyric structures leading us to a new dimension of consciousness; and certain to capture something just a bit more with the help and talents of Eric Gillette at the mixing board.
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